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One Last Thing Before I Go by Jonathan Tropper
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Jul 06, 2012

it was amazing
Read from July 01 to 05, 2012

Wow. I loved this book. Gobbled it up. I was at work yesterday, mourning the fact I couldn’t read it (no, librarians do not just sit around reading on the job), and even though I was queasy and should have just napped when I got home, I read and read and read until I was done. The ending, though not a “happy ending”, is satisfying. And the meat of the book is a meal of laugh-out-loud funniness and aching sadness, a savory blend that never has one element dominating the others. One reviewer has noted that Tropper just “gets men”. Although as a woman I will likely never get men to anyone’s satisfaction (though not for want of trying), I feel like I get them a little better after reading this book. I even feel like I understand my ex-husband, baffling soul that he is, a little more. This is a great read for anyone who has ever screwed up and lost a relationship (isn’t that all of us over the age of 16?). Tropper’s insight into people’s train of thought is remarkable. There are so many “yes, you’re right” moments. Here’s an example: “Usually she hates it when her pity for him interferes with her anger, and she compensates with extra nastiness . . .” Think about that for a while, and you too will realize the insight of that observance. The book is full of them. But it’s never didactic in any sense — it just flows, and the fabulous humor keeps you flowing right along with it. Until you reach the end and you sense a shift in your overall understanding of humanity. You have to love when books can do that.
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message 1: by Lisa (new) - added it

Lisa please tell me how you interpreted the ending? i was confused.

message 2: by Christ (last edited Mar 13, 2015 12:41PM) (new)

Christ Ian I, at first, interpreted that his daughter was taking his hand and pulling him toward the afterlife, to which he willingly followed. But a week later (I can be slow) I pondered it further and came to the conclusion that the reason Casey was the one guiding him meant that he had a reason, or for Silver, an excuse, to live. For Casey, for Lily. That maybe he could have exactly what Denise and Rich have; a companion and life teammate and split respnsibility of their now grown daughter. I also wrongfully predicted that he and Lily would write and play music together, but maybe they would in the future if my assumption is to be believed, that young Casey was pulling him out of his anesthetised state and back to consciousness. This conclusion of mine is bolstered by Rich's comment that he had only a 30% chance of fatality. But we know Silver has bad luck and maybe sits in the karmic negative as well, so...that's an open ending for you. I sometimes resent the optimist in me, but that's the way I'd like to see it.

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